Peter Reynolds

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Ed Miliband

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Family Trauma

I’m rather proud of the two brothers.  Be as cynical as you like, it must have been a dreadful time for both of them.  They have behaved as gentlemen, with great honour and dignity.  They have  risen above the snide provocations of the press.  I thought David’s determination to stand well clear to give Ed a clear run was a noble and sincere act.  He will return as an elder statesman.  He will become an ever more important figure in British politics.

I’m more than happy to see a new broom in Ed.  The Labour Party needs a fresh start.  I think he’ll try to be his own man.  He’ll try to shed all the baggage and forge his own path.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens.  I wish him well because I do believe that a strong opposition is a good thing. The inside information I have, from the heart of Ed’s campaign team, is that in reality he’s way to the right of David.  We’ll see!

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September 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

The Labour Leadership

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Four Men And One Woman In A Sinking Boat

I suppose I should get my six ha’porth in, if that’s the correct expression, before the result is announced.

The very entertaining More 4 programme, Miliband Of Brothers, finally corrected my spelling last night.  There may be two brothers but there’s only one “l”.  I’ve been getting it wrong all the way through this thoroughly underwhelming campaign.  At least it will be all over this afternoon.  Then we’ll be treated to the appalling spectre of Gordon Brown making a farewell speech.  Farewell and good riddance I say.  The worst British prime minister in my lifetime.  No doubt about that.

David Miliband is the obvious choice.  He has the gravitas that you would expect from an ex-foreign secretary but I fear that he will be yesterday’s man by the time of the next election.

Ed Miliband has most of the qualities that his brother offers but with a spark of individuality that I think would serve his party well.  If I was a a Labour supporter, wanting to see the party succeed, Ed would be my choice.

Andy Burnham can be very proud of the campaign he has run.  He is coherent, honourable, very telegenic and, I should think, every Labour mum’s toyboy fantasy. He hasn’t got a hope in hell.

Ed Balls?  Now as a Tory he gets my vote.  What a total plonker!  He would be disastrous for the Labour Party but it would make wonderful entertainment for the rest of us.   I can dream!

I’m very fond of Diane Abbott.  Along with all my fellow political junkies I love the Michael & Diane sofa partnership on “This Week”.   They’re the real stars of the show, forget the leering old lothario in the corner.  Trouble is, Diane isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.  In fact she’s probably the bluntest in the entire kitchen so I’ll be looking forward to seeing her back on the sofa with Michael next Thursday.

Alistair Darling And The Rest – Liars, Cheats And Thieves

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What exactly is it that entitles cabinet ministers to have their accountants’ fees paid for by the taxpayer?

All nine ministers must be sacked and the police brought in to investigate.  There is not the slightest excuse for this blatant thievery.

Scumbag Thief

Scumbag Thief

This is perhaps the most disgraceful episode of all.  While you can argue (well you can try)  that duck houses and food bills have something to do with a second home which is necessitated by Parliamentary duties, claiming your accountants fees on expenses is nothing short of cheating the taxpayer.

Alistair Darling, Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears, David Miliband, James Purnell, Douglas Alexander, Geoff Hoon and Hilary Benn – you are liars, cheats and thieves.  You should all be behind bars.